Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mama Peregrine Dive Bombs Banders

As most of you may know, the World Bird Sanctuary, in conjunction with Ameren Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation, has monitored a Peregrine Falcon nest box from first egg laid to fledging of the young birds.

Securely located 168 ft. above the ground on the Ameren Missouri Sioux Energy Center scrubber stack, the nest box was constructed with a design from the World Bird Sanctuary.  Personnel at the Ameren Missouri facility operated and maintained a live view camera that allowed viewers to watch the fascinating behaviors of these amazing birds. 

Our Falcon family has now set flight. The live camera stream was viewed more than 80,000 times and peaked at nearly 2,000 views per day in early April and May when the eggs were laid and the chicks hatched.

One of the behaviors you did not see on the live view camera was the behavior of the parents when we banded the babies.  Staff member Trina Whitener captured that behavior for us and it may be viewed Here.  If you have a problem viewing the video by clicking on the link, just copy and paste the following link into your browser window.

Thank you for your interest in the lives of these amazing birds. Be sure to watch for our Falcon Cam again next Spring!

Video footage by World Bird Sanctuary Naturalist, Trina Whitener

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